LONDON – Nothing like a good surprise and no doubt there will be more than a few in Friday’s gala Opening Ceremony here.
But in the age of twitter and rapid spread of internet news at least one secret is out of the bag – and a pretty big one at that.
While touring the Olympic Park the other day, a sound check inside the main stadium revealed the sounds of Sir Paul McCartney singing Beatles’ classic, Hey Jude, surely a showstopper of the big event.
Turns out it is no big secret after all as McCartney later announced he will be a part of the show.
London organizers are taking some heat for what is expected to be a lengthy show stretching well past midnight local time, but there are international TV audiences to satisfy. The show is scheduled to begin at 8:12 p.m. or 20:12 on the 24-hour clock (for obvious reasons.)
Now two days out of the opening ceremony, the buzz (and the traffic) is picking up. Getting off the train here at the Olympic Park you could hear the music of some country’s anthem being played at the athlete’s village, part of the traditional flag-raising ceremony. Canada will get it’s turn tonight with whatever athletes are in the village getting there first taste of Olympic pride at these Games.